• WordNet 3.6
    • n magistrature the position of magistrate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Magistrature Magistracy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n magistrature Magistracy.
    • n magistrature Administration of law; civil government.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. magistrature,


In literature:

The magistrature supported Tartarin.
"Tartarin de Tarascon" by Alphonse Daudet
The magistrature of the supreme courts had been less favoured during the preceding reign.
"Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period" by Paul Lacroix
Certainly it exposes the abuses of the French magistrature, but at what cost of fundamental truth!
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
It is said that there is no superstition in the magistrature of China.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
The magistrature and the powers that be, seem to have been somewhat disturbed by certain consequences of this highly democratic institution.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
The son of an officer of the line, he started by being a clerk in the provincial magistrature.
"An Outline of Russian Literature" by Maurice Baring